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2019 October

What do we know about infant mortality in the U.S. and comparable countries? - 18-Oct-2019
This chart collection highlights key infant mortality trends and demographic variation within the United States and also explores infant mortality rates in the U.S. compared to countries that are similarly wealthy and sizable (based on GDP and GDP per capita). (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF))

The State of the World's Children 2019: Children, food and nutrition - 18-Oct-2019
This edition of The State of the World’s Children report examines children, food and nutrition. It seeks to deepen understanding around the causes and consequences of children’s malnutrition in all its forms and to highlight how governments, business, families and other stakeholders can best respond. (United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF))

NLM Launches a New Exhibition in Recognition of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week - 18-Oct-2019
In recognition of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (October 20-26, 2019), the National Library of Medicine announces This Lead Is Killing Us: A History of Citizens Fighting Lead Poisoning in Their Communities, an online exhibition that opens October 15, 2019. (National Library of Medicine (NLM), NIH)

Data Note: Public Views on Vaping and E-Cigarettes - 18-Oct-2019
Using data from the October 2019 KFF Health Tracking Poll, this data note examines the public’s attitudes about e-cigarettes and vaping. (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF))

Last Week for 2020 E-Learning Institute Fellowship Applications - 17-Oct-2019
Let your friends and colleagues know about CDC’s E-Learning Institute Fellowship (ELI)— now accepting applications for the 2020 fellowship class. The final date to apply is October 25, 2019. The Fellowship is a six-month program designed to cultivate the skills of public health training professionals with limited experience designing or developing e-learning products. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

AJPH Call for Papers: Aligning Health and Social Service Systems to Improve Population Health - 17-Oct-2019
The American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) intends to publish a Supplement issue “Aligning Health and Social Service Systems to Improve Population Health: Science, Policy, and Practice.” AJPH invites original research articles reporting the implementation and impact of novel models, aligning determinants – such as housing, transportation, educational reforms, income and employment assistance, child and family supports, and legal services – with medical services and public health programs. Manuscripts must be submitted by December 15, 2019. (American Public Health Association (APHA))

Girls on the Run: Helping Girls Find Their Path - 17-Oct-2019
Girls on the Run is a national, not-for-profit program that works to close the participation gap through physical activity-based, positive youth development programs for girls in grades 3 to 8. (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), HHS)

Call for Papers: Supplement Issue of Medical Care: Advancing Knowledge of Suicide Risk and Prevention among Adult Women - 17-Oct-2019
The Editors of Medical Care, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Services Research & Development (HSR&D), and the VA Women’s Health Research Network (WHRN) invite manuscripts reporting original findings from research addressing suicide risk, resilience, surveillance, and prevention among adult women. The submission deadline is January 31, 2020. (Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D), VA)

New HRSA Data Show One in Three US Children Have Suffered an Adverse Childhood Experience - 17-Oct-2019
Recently the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced the release of data from the 2018 National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH). Data from the survey show that in 2017-2018, one in three children under the age of 18 were reported to have suffered at least one adverse childhood experience (ACE) in their lifetime and 14 percent experienced two or more ACEs. (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HHS)

Breast Cancer Screening Among Women by Nativity, Birthplace, and Length of Time in the United States (October 2019) - 17-Oct-2019
This report presents national estimates of mammography screening among women by nativity, birthplace, and percentage of lifetime living in the United States. (National Center for Health Statistics, CDC)

Reported Importance and Access to Health Care Providers Who Understand or Share Cultural Characteristics With Their Patients Among Adults, by Race and Ethnicity (October 2019) - 17-Oct-2019
This report examines racial and ethnic differences in the reported importance and frequency of seeing culturally competent health care providers among U.S. adults. (National Center for Health Statistics, CDC)

A Progress Report on States' Use of Data and Evidence - 17-Oct-2019
On this episode of On the Evidence, we talk with Jed Herrmann, vice president of state and federal policy implementation at Results for America, about the latest State Standard of Excellence, released on October 4. (Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.)

Opioid And Illicit Drug Use Among The Hispanic/Latino Populations - 17-Oct-2019
SAMHSA’s 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) estimates that 1.1 million Hispanic/Latino youth used illicit drugs in the past year, including 208,000 who misused opioids in the past year. (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS)

Scientists work toward a rapid point-of-care diagnostic test for Lyme disease - 16-Oct-2019
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology describes a new rapid assay for Lyme disease that could lead to a practical test for use by healthcare providers. (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS)

Inpatient Hospital Stays and Emergency Department Visits Involving Influenza, 2006-2016 - 16-Oct-2019
Over a 10-year period, the 2014-2015 flu season appeared to be more severe than other flu seasons, resulting in the most inpatient stays (223,300) and deaths (3.4 percent of stays). (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)

The State of Obesity 2019 - 15-Oct-2019
Report calls for sugary drink taxes, expanded SNAP and WIC Nutrition support programs and a built environment that encourages physical activity to help address health crisis. (Trust for America's Health (TFAH))

Request for Information (RFI) From Non-Federal Stakeholders: Developing the 2020 National Vaccine Plan - 15-Oct-2019
To help inform the development of the National Vaccine Plan 2020, HHS is issuing a Request for Information (RFI). The RFI will solicit specific information regarding the priorities, goals, and objectives in the next iteration of the NVP, remaining gaps, and stakeholder perspectives for the 2020-2025 timeframe. Comments must be received by October 24, 2019. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS))

Update: Interim Guidance for Health Care Providers Evaluating and Caring for Patients with Suspected E-cigarette, or Vaping, Product Use Associated Lung Injury — United States, October 2019 - 15-Oct-2019
Based on the most current data, CDC’s updated interim guidance provides a framework for health care providers in their initial assessment, evaluation, management, and follow-up of persons with symptoms of e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury (EVALI). (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

Lead Service Line Replacement - 11-Oct-2019
EPA established the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) to protect public health and reduce exposure to lead and copper in drinking water. The most common sources of lead in drinking water are lead pipes, and brass or bronze faucets and fixtures. EPA and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) encourage and support communities to prioritize infrastructure improvement projects including those that remove lead service lines and reduce lead exposure. (Environmental Protection Agency (EPA))

EPA Proposes Updates to Lead and Copper Rule to Better Protect Children and At-Risk Communities - 11-Oct-2019
As part of Children’s Health Month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a proposed rule that significantly improves the actions that water systems must take to reduce lead in the nation’s drinking water. (Environmental Protection Agency (EPA))

States’ Food, Housing, and Transportation Initiatives Aim to Reduce Health Disparities - 11-Oct-2019
States are advancing place-based initiatives and implementing policies to build healthy environments that improve health and ensure equitable opportunity for wellness. (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO))

Adoption and Implementation of Evidence-Based Colorectal Cancer Screening Interventions Among Cancer Control Program Grantees, 2009–2015 - 11-Oct-2019
Study assessed 1) the number of grantees implementing 5 evidence-based interventions (EBI)during 2011 through 2015, 2) grantees’ perceived ease of implementing each EBI, and 3) grantees’ reasons for stopping EBI implementation. (Preventing Chronic Disease, CDC)

Evidence of the Impact of the Tips From Former Smokers Campaign: Results From the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System - 11-Oct-2019
The Tips From Former Smokers campaign (Tips) has demonstrated significant impact as a population-based intervention for smoking cessation in the United States. Study re-examined the relationship between market-level doses of the campaign and quit attempts by using Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data to triangulate prior findings. (Preventing Chronic Disease, CDC)

NACCHO's Follow-up Assessment of Disability Inclusion Within Local Health Departments - 11-Oct-2019
In 2014, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) conducted a baseline assessment to understand how LHDs include people with disabilities. More recently, NACCHO conducted a follow-up assessment with the purpose of comparing and evaluating progress over the past 4 years in LHDs' inclusion practices and awareness about people with disabilities living in the communities they serve. (Journal of Public Health Management and Practice)

CDC, states update number of cases of lung injury associated with use of e-cigarette, or vaping, products - 11-Oct-2019
As of October 8, 2019, 1,299 confirmed and probable lung injury cases associated with use of e-cigarette, or vaping, products were reported by 49 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Social Determinants of Health Among Adults with Diagnosed HIV Infection, 2017 (October 2019) - 11-Oct-2019
This report includes 2 parts. For the first time, Part A examines census tract-level social determinants of health (SDH) among adults with diagnosed HIV infection in 2017 for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Part B examines county-level SDH among adults with diagnosed HIV infection through 2017 in 41 states and District of Columbia. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Call for Papers: The US Bioeconomy: Strategies to Maximize and Integrate Biotechnology in the Economy - 11-Oct-2019
A special feature in Health Security will be devoted to analysis of methods, programs, policies, and systems, as well as ongoing and future research and policy efforts, that focus on maximizing the potential of the bioeconomy, expediting its growth, and further integrating biotechnology into new fields. (Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health)

NIH strategic research plan addresses growing tickborne diseases threat - 11-Oct-2019
A new strategic research plan from the National Institutes of Health aims to build on — and accelerate — new and existing research initiatives to improve scientific understanding of ticks and the pathogens they may transmit and to develop the necessary tools and strategies to better diagnose, prevent and treat tickborne diseases. (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS)

Update: Influenza Activity — United States and Worldwide, May 19–September 28, 2019, and Composition of the 2020 Southern Hemisphere Influenza Vaccine - 11-Oct-2019
In the United States, influenza activity remained low with cocirculation of influenza A and influenza B viruses. Influenza viruses circulated widely in the Southern Hemisphere, with A(H3) viruses predominating in most regions, although influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 and influenza B/Victoria viruses predominated in several countries. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

Trends in Sexual Risk Behaviors Among Hispanic/Latino Men Who Have Sex with Men — 19 Urban Areas, 2011–2017 - 11-Oct-2019
In 2017, nearly 75% of Hispanic/Latino MSM reported condomless anal sex. However, because of PrEP use, <60% of non-U.S.–born Hispanic/Latino MSM and <50% of U.S.-born Hispanic/Latino MSM reported unprotected anal sex. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day — October 15, 2019 - 11-Oct-2019
National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day, October 15, is observed each year to focus on the continuing and disproportionate impact of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) on Hispanics/Latinos in the United States. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

HHS Announces Guide for Appropriate Tapering or Discontinuation of Long-Term Opioid Use - 11-Oct-2019
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has published a new Guide for Clinicians on the Appropriate Dosage Reduction or Discontinuation of Long-Term Opioid Analgesics. Individual patients, as well as the health of the public, benefit when opioids are prescribed only when the benefit of using opioids outweighs the risks. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS))

Social Marketing of Mental Health Treatment: California's Mental Illness Stigma Reduction Campaign - 11-Oct-2019
Study seeks to understand the processes involved in effective social marketing of mental health treatment. (American Public Health Association (APHA))

Vaccinating Pregnant Women - 09-Oct-2019
Influenza and whooping cough can be deadly, especially in a baby’s first few months of life. Vaccinating women against these diseases during each pregnancy helps protect both them and their babies. Studies show flu and whooping cough vaccines are very safe for pregnant women and developing babies. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance 2018 - 09-Oct-2019
Combined cases of syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia reached an all-time high in the United States in 2018, according to the annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report just released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Community Health Centers Continue Steady Growth, But Challenges Loom (September 2019) - 09-Oct-2019
In 2018, 1,362 health centers operating in over 11,700 locations cared for more than 28 million patients – one in 12 people nationwide, one in three poor people, and one in five rural residents. (George Washington University, Milken Institute School of Public Health)

Understanding America's Surge in Fentanyl and Other Synthetic Opioids - 08-Oct-2019
A mixed-methods report by RAND researchers offers a systematic assessment of the past, present, and possible futures of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids. The assessment is rooted in secondary data analysis, literature and document reviews, international case studies, and key informant interviews. (RAND Corporation)

A New Portrait of Rural America - 07-Oct-2019
Report uses unique community typologies as well as data and on-the-ground reporting to explore these differences and blow up the mythology of rural America. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))

FDA approves second drug to prevent HIV infection as part of ongoing efforts to end the HIV epidemic - 04-Oct-2019
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration just approved Descovy (emtricitabine 200 mg and tenofovir alafenamide 25 mg) in at-risk adults and adolescents weighing at least 35kg for HIV-1 pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to reduce the risk of HIV-1 infection from sex, excluding those who have receptive vaginal sex. Descovy is not indicated in individuals at risk of HIV-1 infection from receptive vaginal sex because the effectivness in this population has not been evaluated. (U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), HHS)

CDC, States Update Number of Cases of Lung Disease Associated with E-cigarette Use, or Vaping - 04-Oct-2019
CDC today announced the updated number of confirmed and probable lung injury cases and deaths associated with e-cigarette product use, or vaping. As of October 1, 2019, 1,080 confirmed and probable lung injury cases associated with e-cigarette product use, or vaping, were reported by 48 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Notice of Special Interest: Advancing the Understanding, Prevention, and Management of Infections Transmitted from Women to their Infants - 04-Oct-2019
The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to stimulate investigations including translational, epidemiologic and clinical studies and trials that improve the understanding, prevention and clinical outcomes of non-HIV infections transmitted from women to their offspring during pregnancy, labor and delivery, and breastfeeding. NICHD is committed to supporting research that will increase scientific understanding of and treatments for high-priority perinatal infections. (Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH)

Request for Information (RFI): Evolving the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (UG4) - 04-Oct-2019
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) seeks new ideas to help improve access to health information and help inform the design of the NNLM request for applications for the 2021-2026 project period. The NNLM is managed by the National Library of Medicine. This Request for Information (RFI) offers health sciences and public libraries, health professionals, public health workers, community organizations, and the public the opportunity to provide information about how the NNLM can best provide U.S. health professionals with better access to biomedical information and improve the public’s access to trusted health information. Responses are requested by December 2, 2019. (National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM))

Barrier to rural opioid treatment: driving distance to methadone clinics - 04-Oct-2019
People who live in rural counties in five states heavily affected by the opioid epidemic must drive longer distances to obtain methadone, a treatment for opioid addiction, compared to individuals from urban counties, say Yale researchers. (Yale University)

Improving Access to Maternal Health Care in Rural Communities (September 2019) - 04-Oct-2019
This issue brief was developed by CMS to provide background information on rural maternal health care and to focus attention on the need for national, state, and community-based organizations to collaborate on developing an action plan to improve access to maternal health care and improve outcomes for rural women and their babies. (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS)

How Communities are Promoting Health and Responding to Climate Change - 04-Oct-2019
Across the United States, people are recognizing that climate change is a major threat to any vision of a healthy future. They are responding by developing solutions to not only avoid the health harms from climate change, but also actively improve health and limit climate change. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))

Supplement Issue: Collaborating for Equity & Justice - 03-Oct-2019
A special supplement of Health Education & Behavior (HE&B) that documents powerful uses of community organizing to drive social change and address health disparities in vulnerable populations. The open access supplement features 12 articles, including six case studies of engaging populations that have experienced decades of oppression, and details characteristics of authentic partnerships that can catalyze community-driven, equitable change. (Society for Public Health Education)

Rural Health in America: How Shifting Populations Leave People Behind - 03-Oct-2019
As urbanization increases, an older, sicker and poorer population remains in rural America. This new infographic depicts the population shifts driving these changes, the corresponding health care challenges, and promising tools to improve rural health. (National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation)

Deaths of Despair(ity) in Early 21st Century America: The Rise of Mortality and Racial/Ethnic Disparities - 03-Oct-2019
This cross-sectional study compares the magnitude of racial/ethnic mortality disparities across age groups and investigates how changing mortality trends have affected these disparities. (American Journal of Preventive Medicine)

The Impact of the Philadelphia Beverage Tax on Purchases and Consumption by Adults and Children - 03-Oct-2019
To examine the effects of the beverage tax of 1.5 cents per ounce in Philadelphia, researchers surveyed adults and children in Philadelphia and nearby comparison communities both before the tax and nearly one year after implementation. (Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.)

Issue Brief: Summary of State Laws Addressing the School Breakfast Gap - 03-Oct-2019
This issue brief examines the framework of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, the school breakfast gap and its subsequent public health impacts, and the most prevalent state interventions to bridge the breakfast gap. (Network for Public Health Law)

Trends and Characteristics in Marijuana Use Among Public School Students — King County, Washington, 2004–2016 - 03-Oct-2019
Following 2012 legalization of retail marijuana sale to adults in Washington, past 30–day marijuana use decreased or remained stable through 2016 among King County students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12. Among grade 10 students, the decline in use occurred among males while the rate among females remained steady. Use of alcohol or other substances was four times as frequent among marijuana users as among nonusers. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

Flavored Tobacco Product Use Among Middle and High School Students — United States, 2014–2018 - 03-Oct-2019
During 2014–2018, current use of flavored electronic cigarettes increased among high school students and during 2015–2018 among middle school students. During 2014–2018, current use of flavored hookah tobacco decreased among middle and high school students. Current use of other flavored tobacco products decreased among high school students but did not change among middle school students. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

National Trends in Hepatitis C Infection by Opioid Use Disorder Status Among Pregnant Women at Delivery Hospitalization — United States, 2000–2015 - 03-Oct-2019
The U.S. rate of HCV infection at delivery increased from 0.8 per 1,000 live births in 2000 to 4.1 in 2015, including increases from 87.4 to 216.9 and from 0.7 to 2.6 among women with and without opioid use disorder, respectively. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

Surveillance for Violent Deaths — National Violent Death Reporting System, 32 States, 2016 - 03-Oct-2019
This report summarizes data from CDC’s National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) regarding violent deaths from 32 U.S. states for 2016. Results are reported by sex, age group, race/ethnicity, type of location where injured, method of injury, circumstances of injury, and other selected characteristics. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

Environmental Health Checklists for Foodborne Illness Outbreaks - 03-Oct-2019
The Minnesota Food Safety Center of Excellence has developed three new checklists for environmental health specialists. The checklists provide guidance for EH staff responding to a suspected bacterial intoxication outbreak, a Campylobacter illness at a restaurant, and a Vibrio parahaemolyticus illness at a restaurant. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))

Developing a Population Health Driver Diagram Using The Community Guide - 03-Oct-2019
This resource provides steps for constructing a population health driver diagram to achieve a community health objective using The Community Guide (The Guide to Community Preventive Services), a collection of evidence-based findings of the Community Preventive Services Task Force that can help in identifying interventions to improve health and prevent disease in a community. (Public Health Foundation (PHF))

Data for Decision-Making: Exploring the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity’s Data, Trends, and Maps - 03-Oct-2019
Study explains how public health practitioners can explore the most recent state-level data on nutrition, physical activity, breastfeeding, and obesity and use this data to inform programmatic and policy efforts to prevent and control chronic diseases. (Preventing Chronic Disease, CDC)

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week: October 20-26, 2019 - 03-Oct-2019
Each year, National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW) is a call to bring together individuals, organizations, industry, and state, tribal, and local governments to increase lead poisoning prevention awareness in an effort to reduce childhood exposure to lead. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))

International Infection Prevention Week 2019: Vaccines are Everybody’s Business - 03-Oct-2019
International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) is October 13-19. With the measles spreading in 30+ U.S. states, IIPW 2019 will focus on vaccine-preventable diseases. This year, join the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) in raising awareness that Vaccines are Everybody’s Business. (Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology)

PCD Collection: Population Health, Place, and Space: Spatial Perspectives in Chronic Disease Research and Practice - 03-Oct-2019
The articles in this special collection advance our understanding of population health dynamics and geospatial disparities for a wide range of chronic disease outcomes across 3 broad themes: examining connections between community-level characteristics and population health, developing and applying spatial statistical methods and new geospatial tools, and using maps and geospatial results to guide program and policy decisions. (Preventing Chronic Disease, CDC)

HHS Funds Development of Two Filovirus Vaccines for Biodefense, Public Health - 03-Oct-2019
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will support the simultaneous development of individual vaccine candidates against Marburg virus and Sudan ebolavirus infections. Both diseases are caused by potentially deadly filoviruses, the same family of viruses that includes the Ebola virus currently affecting communities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS))

Enhancing Access to Quality Online Training to Strengthen Public Health Preparedness and Response - 03-Oct-2019
The purpose of this project was to improve public health emergency preparedness by increasing the accessibility to quality online public health training materials (trainings). (Journal of Public Health Management and Practice)

Marching on the Road to Quality: Army Public Health Experience Adopting NACCHO's Roadmap to a Culture of Quality Framework - 03-Oct-2019
This practice brief report summarizes how the APHC adopted the NACCHO's Roadmap to a CoQ framework to define its current culture, explains how it used an adapted version of the NACCHO's Organizational CoQ Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) for applicability to a federal agency and workforce, and describes how the assessment results generated key transition strategies to advance the QI commitment within the APHC. (Journal of Public Health Management and Practice)

HIV and Men - 03-Oct-2019
In 2017, men made up 81% of the 38,739 new HIV diagnoses in the United States and dependent areas. Most (86%) new diagnoses among men were among gay and bisexual men. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Behavioral and Clinical Characteristics of Persons with Diagnosed HIV Infection: Medical Monitoring Project, United States 2017 Cycle (June 2017–May 2018) (September 2019) - 03-Oct-2019
Report outlines characteristics of people with HIV, including clinical characteristics, use of health care services, self-reported ART use, depression and substance use, reproductive health, sexual behavior, intimate partner violence, among others. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Increasing Healthy Food Access in Rural North Carolina Food Deserts - 02-Oct-2019
In 2016, the North Carolina state legislature passed a bill that allocates $250,000 each year to improving healthy food access in rural food deserts through the Healthy Food Small Retailer Program (HFSRP). Administered by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, the HFSRP reimburses small stores for equipment purchased to display and sell healthy foods. Many retailers have used this program to purchase refrigeration so they’re able to display nutritious options, like pre-made salads, fruit cups, and frozen produce. (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), HHS)

Smoking cessation behaviors among older U.S. adults - 02-Oct-2019
Article provides current, national prevalence estimates for smoking cessation behaviors among older adults, including interest in quitting, quitting attempts, quitting successes, receiving advice to quit from a healthcare provider, and use of evidence-based tobacco cessation treatments. (Elsevier)

In Focus: Improving Health for Women by Better Supporting Them Through Pregnancy and Beyond - 02-Oct-2019
Rising maternal mortality highlights problems in our nation’s approach to maternal health, including lack of medical oversight and social support during the postpartum period and inadequate coordination among obstetric and primary care providers. In this issue of Transforming Care, we examine efforts to redress these shortcomings by wrapping more supportive services around women who are at heightened risk due to their social or medical needs, and by stepping up support for months or even years after childbirth. (Commonwealth Fund)

Public Comment on Draft Recommendation Statement and Draft Evidence Review: Primary Care–Based Interventions to Prevent Illicit Drug Use in Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults - 02-Oct-2019
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force seeks comments on a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on primary care–based interventions to prevent illicit drug use in children, adolescents, and young adults. The draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review are available for review and public comment from October 1, 2019 through October 28, 2019. (U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF))

Impact of rurality on diabetes screening in the US - 01-Oct-2019
Study examines if living in a rural area, rurality, has any influence on diabetes screening across the US. (BioMed Central)

E-cigarette Product Use, or Vaping, Among Persons with Associated Lung Injury — Illinois and Wisconsin, April–September 2019 - 01-Oct-2019
Interviews about e-cigarette use were completed with 86 patients in Illinois and Wisconsin. Use of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-containing e-cigarette products, the majority of which were prefilled cartridges obtained from informal sources, was reported by 87% of patients during the 3 months preceding illness. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

Characteristics of a Multistate Outbreak of Lung Injury Associated with E-cigarette Use, or Vaping — United States, 2019 - 01-Oct-2019
Among 805 cases reported as of September 24, 2019, 69% were in males; 62% of patients were aged 18–34 years. Among patients with data on substances used in e-cigarettes, or vaping products, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-containing product use was reported by 76.9% (36.0% reported exclusive THC-product use); 56.8% reported nicotine-containing product use (16.0% reported exclusive nicotine-product use). (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

A Place Where The Opioid Problem Is Upside Down - 01-Oct-2019
In the U.S., the opioid crisis is about too many opioids. In some other parts of the world, the opioid problem is about the exact opposite — a lack of access to powerful pain management drugs. (National Public Radio (NPR))

Culture of Health Sentinel Community Insights: Health Equity (September 2019) - 01-Oct-2019
Report provides insight into how 11 communities conceptualize health equity and how those perspectives influence strategies and approaches to promote health equity. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))

NIH Forms New Collaborative Influenza Vaccine Research Network - 01-Oct-2019
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, has initiated the Collaborative Influenza Vaccine Innovation Centers (CIVICs) program, a new network of research centers that will work together in a coordinated, multidisciplinary effort to develop more durable, broadly protective and longer-lasting influenza vaccines. (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), NIH)


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